Darby Aviation is the latest to feel the wrath of the FAA in the wake of the Challenger runway overrun accident at Teterboro Airport (see page 58). On March 23 the agency ordered “the indefinite suspension” of the Muscle Shoals, Ala. charter operator’s Part 135 certificate. The agency said in part that by “selling, assigning and/or leasing its air carrier certificate to Platinum [Jet Management] and relinquishing operational control
“The center of gravity was found to be well forward of the allowable limit,” according to an NTSB update on the accident in which a Challenger 600 overran a runway on takeoff from Teterboro Airport, N.J., on February 2 (see page 58). Initial findings of the investigation have indicated that, as configured, the airplane would have had a c.g.
The NTSB believes currently required stall-warning systems are not adequate to cover all critically low-airspeed conditions and has recommended that the FAA require the installation of so-called “low-airspeed alert” systems on all airplanes used in FAR Parts 121 and 135 commercial operations.
Neither the instrument-rated private pilot nor his five passengers were seriously injured when their Citation II, N35403, was substantially damaged on January 1. The pilot said that while the airplane was on the GPS Runway 17 approach to Ainsworth Municipal Airport, Neb., the cockpit windows became obscured by ice and he decided to land the airplane instead of making a missed approach. IMC prevailed at the time of the accident.
“This is a recording” will have more meaning to accident investigators if the FAA enacts a proposal to beef up rules regarding cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) and flight data recorders (FDRs). The rules, proposed primarily in response to NTSB recommendations, would not mandate the installation of CVRs or FDRs in aircraft not already required to have them.
Three of the four people aboard an air ambulance King Air E90 were killed late January 11 when the turboprop twin crashed on approach to Rawlins Municipal Airport, Wyo., to pick up a patient. Night IMC prevailed. The two pilots and a medic were killed, while another medic was seriously injured.
French supermarket tycoon Paul-Louis Halley, who had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $3.75 billion and was listed by Forbes as the 104th richest man in the world, died along with his wife and their pilot in the crash of a Socata TBM 700 (N30LT) at Oxford (Kidlington) Airport (EGTK), UK, on December 6. Inbound from Brussels Airport (EBBR), Belgium, the pilot was conducting an NDB/DME approach to Runway 01 at EGTK.
The NTSB is looking into the January 6 incident in which Gulfstream GIII N111FA landed on Taxiway B at Centennial Airport, Englewood, Colo. VMC prevailed at the time of the incident, 10:33 MST. The two pilots and three passengers were not injured. According to the Safety Board, the captain said during the visual approach that he was cleared to land on Runway 17L. About 30 seconds before landing, he was advised to go around or sidestep to 17R.
According to the NTSB, the Flight Options Beechjet 400A (N455CW) that experienced a dual flameout over the Gulf of Mexico on July 12 last year had a lower-than-normal amount of anti-icing additives in its tanks. Both Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans failed as the twinjet was descending through 39,000 feet about 100 miles off Florida’s west coast.
JETPROP CONVERSION OF PIPER PA-46-310P MALIBU, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., AUG. 31, 2003–Trailing a whitish vapor from the left wing, according to a witness, the JetProp Malibu conversion was returning to the Hilton Head Airport for an emergency landing when it hit trees and caught fire. The left inboard fuel cap was missing from the filler port and was found in the grass beside the runway.